It’s going to happen. Let no one kid you. As my old room mate from college used to say, “I’ll be ready when the zombies come.” Not if, but when. Rob was a very weird roommate, but he knew his zombies, and he always said “when,” not “if.” That’s why Rob is likely to survive at least the initial phases of the zombie apocalypse. He has he right mind set. There are many movies and how to guides out there on YouTube about how to survive a zombie attack, but they always glide over the initial (and perhaps most critical) part of surviving when the zombies come: surviving the initial outbreak.
The first part of surviving an outbreak is having your pre-outbreak preparations. You hear a scream and there’s your next door neighbor munching on your granny’s brains-quick, what do you do? Everyone says they’d be prepared, but really, are you? There’s no guarantee that the infestation will start on one coast and work to another. You may have a couple days of warning, or you may wake up and have to immediately fight for your life.
There are several things to consider for your pre outbreak preparation. For one, do you have a basic survival kit and zombie killing weapons close by? A kit should include a fire arm you’re familiar with, extra ammunition, and a non fire arm weapon. A machete is the best choice (military second hand, NOT cheap Wal Mart), though a hatchet or buck knife is also good, and easy to carry without slowing you down. You want a basic first aid kit, some jerky, matches, maps. Everything you have should fit in a tight fitting knap sack that isn’t too heavy. You may have to rough it.
Second, have a plan. Know where you are going to go. Forget the myths about zombies walking under water. They don’t have the coordination to swim, and the gases in dead bodies would force their bodies to float. An island is the best place, but don’t just think oceans.
There are tons of great isolated lakes in places like Alaska, or Ontario, Canada. Find one, preferably with a lodge that requires boat or float plane to get in, and even more preferable, on an island. Thirty miles away from the nearest road is great, being thirty miles from the nearest road and on an island is optimal. Having a lodge or old fishing camp allows basic cover in the harsh winters. Have friends, only the closest ones you trust, know where this place is, and how to get there avoiding major cities.
Which brings to the next point: a small well armed group has a better chance than you going solo. Choose your closest like minded friends, the ones who have a chance. We all like big fat party animal Johnny, but at 350 and with only bright Hawaiian t-shirts it’s just not a good idea to include him. All of you should have a plan of where to meet and where to go if an outbreak takes place-both with advanced warning, but also where the survivors can rendezvous briefly during a sudden outbreak to get out of immediate danger, and then proceed together.
With all plans in place, always pay attention to any weird news. Don’t be like too much of America: so obsessed with MTV and American Idol that you miss all your signs. The initial outbreak will give you a short time to act before it grows exponentially. Acting early is crucial.
Location can be everything. If you’re in a small Iowa town where everyone is heavily armed, it’s even possible that the earliest stages of the zombie attack is repelled outright. If you’re in a city, move. Seriously, if you’re in New York City or Los Angeles, do you think there’s any chance of you living? Really? Stay out of the cities. Don’t even take the interstates on the outside of them if you’re heading for safety.
If the explosion is sudden and you’re stuck in a city, grab the nearest weapons, figure out the quickest way out that avoids most heavily populated areas, and get the heck out. Even going through the abandoned “dangerous” part of town can be good in this situation if it gets you through less populated areas to the river. Grab a boat, any boat, even a canoe, and use the water to stay out of zombie hands and make your way out of the city.
If you have a quality vehicle, like a hummer (military, not yuppie douche bag wannabe civilian version) that’s ideal, but a van is good if it’s a conversion van, to maximize space, but make sure to weld cages over the windows and secure the vehicle in case it’s unavoidable to break through a group of zombies.
During the initial outbreak, if it’s low level and you have the van and your friends, be sure to fill the gas tanks, and use extra. It’s much better to fill the van out via funnel on a back gravel road than to find a town overrun by zombies. Constant gun fire around a gas pump with the approaching undead is never a good idea.
Above all else, the Boy Scout motto sums up surviving the initial outbreak: Be Prepared. If you are prepared, you are more likely to “get lucky” and survive. Being armed, having a small group of trustworthy friends, and getting out of a populated area early are all essential to survival. Let’s not beat around the bushes: you have to be at least a little lucky, but if you can survive the initial outbreak, your chances of finding a place to survive go up exponentially.
That’s the first part of surviving a zombie attack, surviving the initial outbreak. Part two will be what to do if you survive, but are surrounded and need to find a way to break out.
List of Sources:
Rob, my crazy former college roommate
Way too many hours of watching zombie movies in college instead of studying for finals